We’ve compiled the best of the best in Madrid - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

    Lavapies | Museum/Gallery

    Spain’s National Museum of Contemporary Art houses works by all the major 20th-century Spanish painters and sculptors. The new collection breaks...Read More

  • 2. Museo del Prado

    Retiro | Museum/Gallery

    One of the world's top museums, the Prado is to Madrid what the Louvre is to Paris: an iconic city landmark and that merits a visit by every...Read More

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  • 3. Museo Sorolla

    Chamberi | Museum/Gallery

    See the world through the exceptional eye of Spain's most famous impressionist painter, Joaquín Sorolla (1863–1923), who lived and worked most...Read More

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  • 4. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

    Barrio de las Letras | Museum/Gallery

    Opened in 1992, the Thyssen occupies spacious galleries filled with natural light in the late-18th-century Villahermosa Palace (itself finished...Read More

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  • 5. Palacio Real

    Palacio | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The Palacio Real rests on the terrain where the Moors built Madrid's first defensive fortress in the 9th century. It overwhelms with its sheer...Read More

  • 6. CaixaForum

    Barrio de las Letras | Museum/Gallery

    Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, who transformed a former London power station into that city's Tate Modern, performed...Read More

  • 7. Casa Museo Lope de Vega

    Barrio de las Letras | House/Mansion/Villa

    A contemporary and adversary of Cervantes, Lope de Vega (1562–1635) wrote some 1,800 plays and enjoyed great success during his lifetime. His...Read More

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  • 8. Centro Cultural de Conde Duque

    Malasaña | Museum/Gallery

    Built by Pedro de Ribera in 1717–30 to accommodate the Regiment of the Royal Guard, this imposing building (the facade is 750 feet long) was...Read More

  • 9. Museo Arqueológico Nacional

    Salamanca | Museum/Gallery

    This museum boasts three large floors filled with Spanish relics, artifacts, and treasures ranging from ancient history to the 19th century...Read More

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  • 10. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

    Malasaña | Museum/Gallery

    To reach this museum inside the Centro de Conde Duque, take the door to your right after the entrance and walk up the stairs. Founded in 2001...Read More

  • 11. Museo de Historia de Madrid

    Malasaña | Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 1929 in a former 17th-century hospice, this museum houses paintings, drawings, pictures, ceramics, furniture, and other objects...Read More

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  • 12. Museo del Traje

    Moncloa | Museum/Gallery

    This museum traces the evolution of dress in Spain, from old royal burial garments (very few of which remain) to French fashion pieces of Felipe...Read More

  • 13. Museo Lázaro Galdiano

    Salamanca | Museum/Gallery

    This stately mansion of writer and editor José Lázaro Galdiano (1862–1947), a 10-minute walk across the Castellana from the Museo Sorolla, has...Read More

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  • 14. Museo Naval

    Retiro | Museum/Gallery

    Anyone interested in Patrick O'Brian's painstakingly detailed naval novels or in old vessels and warships shouldn't miss the 500 years of Spanish...Read More

  • 15. Palacio de Cibeles

    Retiro | Government Building

    This ornate building on the southeast side of Plaza de la Cibeles, built at the start of the 20th century and formerly called Palacio de...Read More

  • 16. Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando

    Sol | Museum/Gallery

    Designed by José Benito de Churriguera in the waning baroque years of the early 18th century, this museum showcases 500 years of Spanish painting...Read More

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